beaver creek winter wedding

Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek has become one of our favorite mountain venues and Michelle & Paul really made it their own for their destination wedding at the end of January.  They didn’t play by the rules and instead created a celebration that was uniquely them, no compromises.  The outcome was a remarkable day that we are thrilled to have been a part of.  Here’s a look at Michelle & Paul’s winter wedding in Beaver Creek…


beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

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beaver creek winter wedding

Something really special that I’ve never seen before was Michelle & Paul’s decision to have his father and her mother as the Best Man and Matron of Honor.  Below are Paul and his father getting ready.
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

Props to Michelle for finding actual coats for all her bridesmaids to wear.  Typically I just see pashminas for the girls at winter wedding and I never now how they do it.  Brrr!
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

I’m thrilled Michelle & Paul decided to do a first look.  In the winter, the days are so much shorter.  Them seeing each other before the ceremony gave us the opportunity to get more photos while the sun was still out.
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

Seeing a Bride & Groom with those great big smiles that they just can’t help are why I love my job.  Pure bliss.
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

Who says cocktail hour has to wait until after the ceremony?  As soon as the guests arrived at Saddle Ridge they were greeted with drinks & apps as Michelle & Paul decided they wanted cocktail hour to happen first.  This was another first for me and I thought it worked out flawlessly.
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

Cocktail hour took place downstairs in the library at Saddle Ridge.  Once it was time for the ceremony to begin, the guitarist led everyone upstairs to be seated.  Nice touch.
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

I’ll be honest, when I heard the ceremony was to take place on the staircase, I was a little nervous.  Although it was a little more challenging to shoot, it was refreshing to see a couple do things a little differently and I think the photos turned out great.
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

Mark & I had to commit to our spots at the ceremony, there was no moving around like we’re used to.  He took the upstairs balcony while I stayed at the bottom of the stairs.  Thank goodness there were two of us to be able to capture two perspectives!
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

Isn’t her dress spectacular?
beaver creek winter wedding

One of my favorite parts of a wedding has to be immediately after the ceremony.  The emotions are the best.
beaver creek winter wedding

Saddle Ridge is such a unique setting.  The floral details complimented perfectly.
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

beaver creek winter wedding

beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Grandfather own a dance floor the way Michelle’s did.  And there is something about his too-tight suit that just makes this shot.  Go Grandpa!
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding
beaver creek winter wedding

Congratulations Michelle & Paul!  I know we’ll never see another wedding like yours, it was phenomenal!